New Music for St Paul’s – 2015

July 1, 2015 in All Opportunities, Composers by newmusicscotland

The search for a brand new choral work to be performed by the St Paul’s Cathedral Choir, has been launched.

New Music for St Paul’s is a competition designed by the Chapter of St Paul’s to find a work related to Advent, when the new composition will be performed.

Supported by the Boltini Trust, New Music for St Paul’s is open to composers under 40 and of any nationality.

Entrants must submit a setting of a text associated with Advent, a time of waiting and preparation seen as the start of the Church’s year. The work must be under four minutes long and scored for SATB and can be with or without organ.

After going through a judging panel, three finalists will have their works performed by the St Paul’s Cathedral Consort at a special recital performance. The winner will then be awarded £1,000 and have their piece performed by the Cathedral Choir.

Peter Holder, Sub Organist at St Paul’s, said: “Advent Sunday marks not just the beginning of the Church year, but that of a very significant journey. The season of preparation and great anticipation, during which we consider the Four Last Things (Death, Judgement, Heaven and Hell), has long inspired musical works, many of which are now considered true gems of the Western choral canon, and so St Paul’s, through this composition competition, seeks to similarly inspire the next generation of composers.”

Deadline for entry – Friday, 25 September 2015.
For further information, please email